The Dispositions Of The First Generation Of Muslims

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an 1968

We cannot visualize beauty or grandeur in its simplicity, Whenever we choose to endow a thing with splendor, we invariably try to fix it in a network of ornamentation. This is what exactly happened with the Qur’an. The dispositions of the first generation of Muslims were not cast in any conventional or artificial moulds. That was why they instantly caught the meaning of the Qur’an. But the generations which followed would not let the Qur’an present itself in its simplicity. Their love for inventiveness or novelty would not allow this. They began to dress everything in the Qur’an in novel costumes; and since the Qur’an could not fit into such costumes, the effort to force on it things which did not suit it repressed its genius and forced its meaning to assume forms by no means natural to it.